France in our motorhome

Exploring the Bordeaux wine region

Bordeaux is famous for wine. It is the 2nd largest wine producing region in the world and here you will find many famous vinyards such as Château Lafite Rothschild and many others. I'm not a wine expert but love drinking a good wine and equally enjoy discovering a little about wines and history relating to the Bordeaux region. On this motorhome journey we have visited three of the famous areas around Bordeaux and I'll explain where we stayed. The Médoc…
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France in our motorhome

24 hours in Bordeaux

After our visit to the amazing Dune du Pilat we decided we needed a day in a city so as Bordeaux was close by that's where we would go. With seemingly limited places to park a motorhome for the night we headed for the only campsite on the north of the city. We rarely book anywhere to stay, preferring to turn up and hope that spaces are available and we have never once been turned away from a campsite. Camping…
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France in our motorhome

Dune du Pilat – one of the most amazing places in Europe

Storm Miguel arrived with us on Friday morning causing us to spend an extra day in Hourtin so we were forced to set off for our next destination on the Saturday of a French national holiday weekend - never a good time to be on the roads. On our way to the Dune du Pilat, we stopped at a car wash! This wasn't an ordinary car wash though, it was a motorhome wash with a special high level gantry that…
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France in our motorhome

Over the Gironde to the wild west coast

Taking a motorhome on the ferry across the Gironde estuary from Royan to Le Verdon sur Mer costs about €50. It takes 20 minutes to cross the fast flowing tidal currents in the Gironde from the busy holiday town of Royan. Arriving on the other side is a complete contrast to commercialised Royan. This area is the Aquitaine area of France and stretches all the way south to the Spanish border, the largest city being Bordeaux. This region is, of…
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France in our motorhome

Empty roads lead to Île d’Oléron

Setting off from Vannes we headed south again on the motorway. ( yes, we do use the toll roads when needed). We were heading for the Île d'Oléron but needed a stopover as I don't like to drive too far in one day. Looking through our book of the 'most beautiful villages in France we discovered that Vouvant was only 11km off the motorway and that there is a motorhome aire 400 metres from the village centre. [caption id="attachment_2572" align="alignleft"…
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France in our motorhome

St Malo to Vannes & a problem with 4 camels & a zebra

Picking up our motorhome from its safe storage, this was the start of our exciting 6 weeks motorhome holiday to France. We were soon on the lovely M6 motorway on our way to Portsmouth, but we had also booked an overnight stop at The Chequers Inn, just off the A34 near Abingdon as a half way stop-over. They offer free parking in return for eating in the pub - never a hardship! The next day we were back on the…
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France in our motorhome

Exploring the Normandy D-Day landing beaches by motorhome

Exploring the Normandy D-Day landing beaches by motorhome is something I have wanted to do for several years and when we eventually bought our motorhome I was excited about using it in this very historical area. This blog article is a little delayed because I have become so fascinated with D-Day that I have started reading the fantastic book by Anthony Beevor about the subject which I can highly recommend. ( Affiliate link below) It was surprisingly busy at the…
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France in our motorhome

Exploring beautiful villages in south-west France by motorhome

Our motorhome journey to Chamonix in the amazing French Alps, blog article here, was a highlight for us on our summer tour of France, but it was time to move to an area that we hadn't visited before. The hilltop villages of the River Drome area was our next destination, although only a week before it was headline news about a campsite on the Drome that had been flooded after a storm and 1,600 campers evacuated. Perhaps it was a…
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